Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Occupational Therapy Assistant program?

The OTA, under the guidance of an Occupational Therapist, uses their knowledge of human growth and development in the areas of physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages. Clients who have a varying abilities resulting from physical injury or trauma, disease, aging, mental illness or substance abuse may require Occupational Therapy intervention. Functional goals established jointly with the client are aimed toward individual self-care, entry/reentry into the community and/or to work.

Degrees and Certificates

Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.

What will I learn?

Knowledge of human growth and development in the areas of physical, social, and emotional functioning to carry out programs with clients of all ages.

What can I do with this course of study?

Occupational Therapy Assistant

What's special about program?

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program prepares the student for entry into a health care/community service profession that uses a variety of activities and modalities to help individuals learn and/or re-learn daily life skills needed in order to function at their most productive and independent level. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Program Accreditation, Licensure and Information

Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx.

Program Outcomes

Graduation

Year  

Number of Students admitted to Cohort

Number of students that graduated in original cohort. 

# of students  Graduated

Graduation

Rate  

2016

27

23

23

85

2017

26

23

25

88

2018

26

23

25

88

Total

79

68

71

86

Licensure 

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, administered by the
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit forthe NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

Students electing to major in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department. Students must also complete and submit the separate Health Sciences Department Application Form and ALL supporting documents. See the Admission GuidelinesOTA Application Checklist, and OTA volunteer or Employment Verification Form.

Prerequisite Requirements:

Prerequisite courses are:

  • ENGL 1301 Composition
  • BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • MATH Choose one from the math core.

General Education Courses to complete either before starting the program or during the summer break:

  • Select one course from Humanities (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Arts (50) core
  • PSCY 2301 General Psychology

NOTE: All courses must have a grade of C or higher

Courses do not have an expiration date. If Alamo Colleges accept your course then the program will accept your courses.

 

 

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Completed application packets, including all supporting documents, are accepted in the Spring semester by the deadline of March 31. Applications are reviewed during the Spring semester for consideration to begin the OTA program in the following Fall semester.

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Selection Process:

After the March 31 deadline, the Selection Committee will review all complete application packets. Qualified applicants will receive notification to attend a meeting with OTA faculty that furthers the selection process. This session will provide more specific information about the program, expectations if accepted into the program, and completion of an interview and writing sample.   

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Application Deadline:  

The St. Philip’s College OTA Program has extended the application deadline.  The program has openings to apply to the program. The Program is accepting applications postmarked by May 31st. Interviews will be Wednesday June 19th.

A completed application includes:

ATI TEAS score page with a minimum score of 65

Official transcripts or unofficial transcripts for all colleges attended

Volunteer hours (20) documented by the Occupational Therapy practitioner

One page essay explaining why you want to be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. 

Contact Information

Program Director:
Kathryn Freeman, OTR, MOT
kfreeman24@alamo.edu
210-486-2421
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330L 

Educational Support Services Certified Advisor:
Doug Gable
dgable@alamo.edu 
210-486-2799
MLK Welcome Center (WEC)